SOUTH SWINDON IN BLOOM

“Bloom has focused and extended the programme of community gardening started 9 years ago. It has made a tremendous change to the appearance of areas around South Swindon and encouraged others to join in.”

Linda Kasmaty, South Swindon Parish Councillor

“Most of the seven areas that we look after were previously unloved areas filled with weeds and lots of rubbish. Over the years we have converted these into little gems of green and bloom, that provide splashes of colour and which attract bees, butterflies and other insects.”

Judith Randell-Sly, OTRA Gardens Volunteer

We are all extremely proud of our volunteers in South Swindon and the hard work they put in. It’s great to see the amount of green spaces and places of colour popping up all over and makes the Parish a great place to live and work.

Chris Watts, Chair of the Parish Council

“My wife and I were huge supporters of the Parish bee friendly verges campaign you set up last year. I have just walked along the area next to the bus lane on Pipers Way and seen a fantastic collection of wildlife.”

Peter David, Local Resident

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) organises the Britain in Bloom competition which is entered by various communities across the UK. Over 1,600 communities enter each year, participating in their local regions “in Bloom” campaign.

The Parish Council first entered the Southwest in Bloom competition in 2019 and was successful in being awarded a Silver Medal as well as a trophy for the best Victorian Park. There was no competition held in 2020 due to COVID-19 but in 2021, we were again awarded a Silver Medal.

Partners

South Swindon Parish Council continues to provide the majority of the organisational and maintenance support for our Bloom entry but acknowledges that there needs to be an increasing support from the local community and businesses and therefore the Parish Council wishes to acknowledge the support from the following organisations:

    • Earthwatch
    • Nationwide Building Society
    • Co-op
    • Old Town Business Association
    • Old Town Residents Association
    • Old Town Open Gardens
    • Earles Newsagents
    • Plastic Free Swindon
    • Growing South Swindon Community
    • Various local Schools
    • Keep Swindon Tidy
    • Wiltshire Wildlife Trust
    • Richard Jefferies Museum

Projects

A selection of projects undertaking by volunteers and gardeners in South Swindon Parish.

  • Cambria Bridge Community Garden is maintained by the Growing South Swindon Community group. The organisation’s key aims are to improve shared spaces in south Swindon and enhance community.

  • The Fishing for the Moon Sensory Garden was given a much needed revamp in 2021 after years of neglect. The project was undertaken solely by Old Town Residents Association Gardens volunteers

  • Earlier this year we tasked our trainee gardeners to design and plant two new beds on the eastern side of the park with the aim of revitalising this area that used to have formal gardens.

    The beds produced are pollinator friendly, fragrant, perennial schemes of a ‘cottage garden’ style. We believe the planting schemes will add instant colour and vibrancy to the park. We’ve included the original designs of the beds in this post.

    These beds are the forerunner to a wider planting scheme due to take place on the eastern side of GWR Park over the next few years – as part of the Heritage Action Zone project.

Gallery

Community & Volunteering

The Parish Council are keen to continue to work with and support our local communities and volunteers to improve the overall standard of future “in Bloom” entries with the eventual aim of achieving the prestigious Gold Award.

To help focus our efforts in achieving the higher awards, we aim to concentrate our efforts on different areas of the Parish over the next 3 years with the Old Town area being chosen as the priority for 2022.

Whilst the Parish Council has previously played a major role in achieving the Silver Medal Award, it is now recognised that in order to succeed in future years, there will be a greater emphasis placed on facilitation and support from the Parish Council for an In-Bloom community.

To help facilitate in-Bloom entries, the role of Volunteers (individual, community and corporate) and how they can help support In-Bloom will be encouraged and supported by the Parish Council.

If you need some help please call us on 01793 317410 or e-mail admin@southswindon-pc.gov.uk